We found out a few months ago that Lilly has a small hole in her heart, that needs to be repaired. Fixing it entails a catheterization procedure that brings a little device up to her heart that will permanently clamp the hole shut, and we've set it up for January. As far as heart surgeries go, it's a relatively minor deal - but it's my baby, and it's her heart, and it's scary. So upon hearing the news, it's obvious what we did next:
We planned a trip to Disney World.
Obviously. Because when we found out that our daughter would be born with a chromosome abnormality, we took a babymoon to Disney World. And when we found out she'd get her tonsils taken out at 13 months of age, we took her to Disney World. And when we moved to New Zealand, we went to Disneyland on the way out and Disney World on the way back. So to subside the guilt and anxiety over her upcoming procedure, we *had* to take her to the happiest place on earth. :)
But we just went to Disney World for a week in June - which was such a wonderful trip - so we wanted to do it differently. In June, we hit every character meal, every ride, every thing we could do to make it a magical trip for Lilly. With a week, we were able to relax, hit the pool each day, and really immerse ourselves in the Disney magic. And honestly, while I love Disney World, thinking about doing it that way again just 6 months later did not sound that exciting. So we decided to think outside the box.
How about a Disney Cruise? we decided. We had never been on a cruise, and I've heard so many wonderful things about Disney Cruises from my cousin Suzanne. In researching, I found that there were great deals for mid-December. We booked a 3 night cruise, and I was so excited that I mentioned it to my whole family. And suddenly, one by one... they all booked it too! So then we had me, Jon, Lilly, Jon's twin brother & his wife and their son, and my three sisters and their spouses and kids. 15 of us going on a Disney Cruise! And to top it off, we booked an additional 3 nights at the new Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary with Jon's brother's family. I couldn't wait to see Walt Disney Resort's holiday decorations!
We just got back a few days ago... did we have a good time or was a big family vacation too much for us to handle? And would we get seasick on our first cruise? You'll have to wait and see...